The number of signatures on the initiative petition seeking to enact a City law regulating certain land use changes filed by proponents of the “Vote on Private and Public Property Land Use Regulation Initiative” has been verified by the County Registrar of Voters. The petition qualifies for a regular election but there was an insufficient number of signatures to qualify for a special election. This does not mean that the ordinance will be adopted or set for election. The City Council must consider the facts and give direction regarding the future processing of the proposed ordinance.
The petition, also called the “Mission Viejo Right to Vote” initiative, contained 11,025 signatures, of which 8, 327 signatures were valid and 2,698 were deemed invalid, according to the County Registrar of Voters. Proponents of the petition, which was filed on Jan. 23, sought a special election but the petition fell short of the required 15 percent of City voters (61,422) to send it to a special election.
The City has been invoiced for $37,485 for the cost of verifying the signatures through the Registrar of Voters office and will recommend the City Council on March 16 adopt a budget amendment to pay for the verification process with City reserves.